Your opening statement about Michael Brown took an otherwise well intentioned article and raised my disgust.
Micheal Brown was a Thug, not an average neighborhood kid, who robbed and caused a business owner trauma before he was spotted by the local police. He didn't follow the officer's instructions and the rest is history. I am sick of the media making him and others like him Martyrs at the expense of Law Enforcement personnel doing their jobs to protect their communities.
Having a basketball series to help create an atmosphere of cooperation between the police and local residents is great. An even better solution would be for parents to teach their kids personal responsibility and respect for the law and other peoples' rights and property.
The next time you write an article, keep the political crap out of it and just give the details of the story. Your success in getting the message across will be much higher.
August 16, 2015 at 9:26 a.m.
The People who pay the 2.75% don't live there, they just work there and are forced to pony up with the cash. There are 2 states that have laws on the books that state if a person can't vote on the tax, they are not subject to it. That is known as taxation without representation and was the basis for our War for Independence.
Example: If you don't live in Youngstown, they can't make you pay the tax. I think this is a great idea and should be a nationwide mandate by "the People".
August 11, 2015 at 7:55 p.m.
I just have 3 questions... 1.What has the Youngstown Water Dept been doing with all the surcharge monies they have been collecting for the last, what maybe 10 years? It was supposed to be used to upgrade the systems and fix the sewer problems. I have yet to see any of this work being done and 2. Where the He** are they going to get $146 M to have this project done by 2030? 3. What party has controlled every facet of this valley since Jack Hunter was Mayor? I guess the answer to all 3 of these questions is the People get what they vote for!
August 11, 2015 at 7:25 p.m.
This is really sad.
I always thought him to be a stand up guy. Even though I didn't always agree with him, he is the only Rep who would return phone calls personally and when asked for assistance on State and local issues, I found him to be most helpful in virtually every situation.
I wouldn't give 3 cents for the rest of the Democratic party, but this is one person I felt really worked for his constituents.
August 11, 2015 at 7:43 a.m.
@Dagwood...because he told the truth when he apologized to the Prostitutes for comparing them to people in the Congress.
August 11, 2015 at 7:28 a.m.
@lajoci...I believe there is a bit of misinformation in your post. The teaching staff at YSU is covered under STRS, but the contribution rate is about 10%, not 25% as you stated. The University pretty closely matches the employee part (similar to SS) or slightly more and the staff has the ability to invest in 403(b) programs on an optional basis which ALLOWS them to defer approximately 15% more, but that is not mandatory. Smart people do start a program of this nature when they begin their careers so they do have a nice nest egg to retire on when the time comes.
Also, the matching money contributed by the university does come from taxpayers dollars, through the state budget which helps fund the university.
July 26, 2015 at 11:39 a.m.
You make an excellent point, unfortunately we have a severe shortage of forward thinking people in positions of authority here (public office holders).
A number of years ago, a plan was proposed to dredge Lake Newport and give us a much better flood control answer. Political bickering about where to put the sediment removed from the lake, led to the "brilliant" idea to lower the dam and create a Swamp out of what was once a beautiful scenic area.
Today, we are stuck with the aftermath of that decision. A walk along Lake Newport used to be a joy to behold. Today the stench from that swamp has ruined any enjoyment we could have had from it. I feel sorry for the people who own homes near the lake and have to smell it on a daily basis.
July 19, 2015 at 4:56 p.m.
I don't think it is so much a matter of complaining, but you notice from the article that they have dates into September for other trips. Why couldn't the Vindicator have run this story at the end of May or in June to advise the people in this area of this wonderful opportunity. I, for one would love to take this trip. I think it would be a fantastic chance to experience a piece of historic life from nearly 100 years ago.
Just another example of this area always being "a day late and a dollar short".
July 19, 2015 at 2:16 p.m.
Truer words were never written. Every one of these examples are the reason for the failure of these schools.
It is time we quit the social experimenting and go back to teaching these kids the basics to prepare them to function in today's society. Reading, writing (not just printing) and math skills need to be emphasized. Poor behavior should not be tolerated at any level and the parents NEED to become active in the children's education because learning is NOT an 8 to 4 process,
I pray the community gets behind this effort or these kids will never succeed in life and will continue another generation of non-contributing citizens.
July 12, 2015 at 8:49 a.m.
I have to agree with the YEA on this issue. Legislators at both the State and Federal level set testing, standards and edicts which the teachers across the country have to abide by in educating their students, yet virtually none of these "experts" have ever set foot in a classroom. They have no concept of the damage they are doing to the children with these Social Experiments and prevent the teachers from doing the job they were hired to do....teach the children. Additionally, the parents are not held accountable for their part in the child's education. Enough of this nonsense.
Scrap these experiments and go back to the methods that made America #1 in education, not #25 on the list of Industrialized nations. Let the children learn the things they need to become prepared to function in the American Society.
June 28, 2015 at 1:27 p.m.